A FEW years ago when we were running tag-along trips in Southern Africa and catering for our clients, we tried this simple dessert I came across over there. It was easy to make (it takes a lot less effort if you have an electric hand beater) and everyone really enjoyed it kind of like a light cheesecake, as the cottage cheese makes for a creamier texture.
385g can sweetened condensed milk ½ cup lemon juice (bottle is fine, but fresh is better) Zest of at least one lemon optional, but it will add much more lemon zing. 1 cup smooth cottage cheese (or creamed cottage cheese) 1 cup cream whipped 1 tbsp gelatine dissolved in ½ cup boiling water
Prep Time: 15 minutes (if using a prebaked pie base) Setting Time: best made at least 12 hours before consumption (leaving overnight is ideal) consumption (leaving overnight is ideal) Mix ingredients together and beat until smooth. If you are having trouble getting the smaller lumps of the cheese out, press the cheese mixture through a sieve, then beat again until smooth. Spoon onto your preferred base and refrigerate until set (will take a few hours).
Make a biscuit crumb base and fill with the topping. Decorate with fruit. Crush some biscuits (chocolate, butternut, etc.) into the bottom of individual small bowls/cups and top with the filling. Use a ready-baked pie shell and fill with the cheese mixture. Top with some toasted coconut and, if you want to be really decadent, some shaved white chocolate.
Try using some lemon-flavoured jelly crystals for more flavour. You could probably replace the cottage cheese with cream cheese, but no one will ever know youve used cottage cheese in this recipe. If you ever see one of those old-fashioned hand-winding beaters, then buy one and keep it in your camp kitchen kit. They still work really well and are very handy. If you make this at home, put the cottage cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth before mixing with other ingredients.
Puree the cottage cheese with coconut, honey and vanilla essence to make a delicious spread. Mix it in with your pancake batter. Incorporate it into your smoothies. Combine with salmon, capers and dill for a great topping on savoury biscuits. Substitute it with a little skim milk to make buttermilk. Combine with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for a light pasta bake sauce.
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